Delete an archived generation of an object

Delete an archived generation of an object in a Cloud Storage bucket.

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For more information, see the Cloud Storage C++ API reference documentation.

namespace gcs = google::cloud::storage;
[](gcs::Client client, std::string const& bucket_name,
   std::string const& object_name, std::int64_t object_generation) {
  google::cloud::Status status = client.DeleteObject(
      bucket_name, object_name, gcs::Generation{object_generation});
  if (!status.ok()) throw std::runtime_error(status.message());

  std::cout << "Deleted " << object_name << " generation "
            << object_generation << " in bucket " << bucket_name << "\n";


For more information, see the Cloud Storage Go API reference documentation.

import (


// deleteOldVersionOfObject deletes a noncurrent version of an object.
func deleteOldVersionOfObject(w io.Writer, bucketName, objectName string, gen int64) error {
	// bucketName := "bucket-name"
	// objectName := "object-name"

	// gen is the generation of objectName to delete.
	// gen := 1587012235914578
	ctx := context.Background()
	client, err := storage.NewClient(ctx)
	if err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("storage.NewClient: %v", err)
	defer client.Close()

	ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(ctx, time.Second*10)
	defer cancel()

	obj := client.Bucket(bucketName).Object(objectName)
	if err := obj.Generation(gen).Delete(ctx); err != nil {
		return fmt.Errorf("Bucket(%q).Object(%q).Generation(%v).Delete: %v", bucketName, objectName, gen, err)
	fmt.Fprintf(w, "Generation %v of object %v was deleted from %v\n", gen, objectName, bucketName)
	return nil


For more information, see the Cloud Storage Java API reference documentation.


public class DeleteOldVersionOfObject {
  public static void deleteOldVersionOfObject(
      String projectId, String bucketName, String objectName, long generationToDelete) {
    // The ID of your GCP project
    // String projectId = "your-project-id";

    // The ID of your GCS bucket
    // String bucketName = "your-unique-bucket-name";

    // The ID of your GCS object
    // String objectName = "your-object-name";

    // The generation of objectName to delete
    // long generationToDelete = 1579287380533984;

    Storage storage = StorageOptions.newBuilder().setProjectId(projectId).build().getService();
    storage.delete(BlobId.of(bucketName, objectName, generationToDelete));

        "Generation "
            + generationToDelete
            + " of object "
            + objectName
            + " was deleted from "
            + bucketName);


For more information, see the Cloud Storage Node.js API reference documentation.

 * TODO(developer): Uncomment the following lines before running the sample.
// The ID of your GCS bucket
// const bucketName = 'your-unique-bucket-name';

// The ID of your GCS file
// const fileName = 'your-file-name';

// The generation of fileName to delete
// const generation = 1579287380533984;

// Imports the Google Cloud client library
const {Storage} = require('@google-cloud/storage');

// Creates a client
const storage = new Storage();

async function deleteOldVersionOfFile() {
  // Deletes the file from the bucket with given version
  await storage
    .file(fileName, {

    `Generation ${generation} of file ${fileName} was deleted from ${bucketName}`



For more information, see the Cloud Storage Python API reference documentation.

from import storage

def delete_file_archived_generation(bucket_name, blob_name, generation):
    """Delete a blob in the bucket with the given generation."""
    # bucket_name = "your-bucket-name"
    # blob_name = "your-object-name"
    # generation = 1579287380533984

    storage_client = storage.Client()

    bucket = storage_client.get_bucket(bucket_name)
    bucket.delete_blob(blob_name, generation=generation)
        "Generation {} of blob {} was deleted from {}".format(
            generation, blob_name, bucket_name


For more information, see the Cloud Storage Ruby API reference documentation.

def delete_file_archived_generation bucket_name:, file_name:, generation:
  # The ID of your GCS bucket
  # bucket_name = "your-unique-bucket-name"

  # The ID of your GCS object
  # file_name = "your-file-name"

  # The generation of the file to delete
  # generation = 1579287380533984

  require "google/cloud/storage"

  storage =
  bucket = storage.bucket bucket_name

  file = bucket.file file_name

  file.delete generation: generation

  puts "Generation #{generation} of file #{file_name} was deleted from #{bucket_name}"

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